Welcome to Big Horn County School District #4, and thank you for visiting our website. As the 2019-20-school year will kick off soon, there is excitement for a new era to begin while the district will continue to value and maintain strong academic traditions. We are planning to move into brand new school buildings this October. The new Laura Irwin Elementary (LIE) will accommodate Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The new Riverside Middle/High School (RMHS) will host 6th through 12th grades. Two new principals (Matt Jensen--RMHS, and Jeff Fuller--LIE) take the reins in these new schools.
Riverside High School was recognized this Spring by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 5 high schools in Wyoming. Our 2018-19 Academic Challenge team was once again both the small school, and overall state champion.
Teachers and administrators are doing some remarkable and innovative work with students, and achievement continues to be on the rise. Comparative WYTOPP data from 2018-19 is still unofficial, but all of our schools (Elementary, Middle and High) have posted gains over last year. Riverside Middle/High School continues to offer 8 periods each day--enabling students to bolster their high school experience with additional electives. [Don’t be surprised if we send additional athletic teams to regional and state playoffs in the near future!]
A District Strategic Plan was developed during 2018-19 with input from students, staff, parents, business leaders, community, and school board. As a result, this year admins and staff will focus on continuous improvement in the areas of: 1) Learning and Teaching, 2) Communication, and 3) Culture.
BHCSD#4 is unique in our well trained, caring staff with small class sizes: a ratio of 10 students per teacher in our 6-12 classes, and 17 students per teacher in our K-5 rooms. Besides certified teachers we have administrators, para educators, a nurse, SRO, and secretaries who all positively impact the lives/education of our students and further reduce the student to adult ratio.
Each new school year brings a level of excitement and energy that is contagious. Please communicate with staff and students, and check our website for upcoming events; then, plan to attend a couple more school events this year than last. Students and staff value parent and community involvement. The opportunities and challenges that lie ahead will result in what we hope will be the best year ever for your student/s.